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ComSciCon: Science Communication Workshop for Graduate Students

February 19, 2017
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Nathan Sanders writes: A few years ago, you were kind enough to post a notice on your blog about our science communication conference by grad students, for grad students (ComSciCon). I thought I’d let you know that our program has been going strong and growing, and we’re excited to have opened our application for the […] The post ComSciCon: Science Communication Workshop for Graduate Students appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Educating the heart with maths and statistics

February 14, 2017
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Educating the heart with maths and statistics

What has love got to do with maths? This morning at the Twitter chat for teachers, (#bfc630nz) the discussion question was, How and what will you teach your students about life this year? As I lurked I was impressed at … Continue reading →

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Aaron Kaufman reviews Luke Heaton’s “A Brief History of Mathematical Thought”

February 12, 2017
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I got this book in the mail. It looked cool but I didn’t feel I had time to read it. A few decades ago I read this wonderful book by Morris Kline, “Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty,” so I figured I’d have a sense of what most of Heaton’s new book would cover. I would’ve […] The post Aaron Kaufman reviews Luke Heaton’s “A Brief History of Mathematical Thought” appeared…

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Long Shot

February 5, 2017
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Frank Harrell doesn’t like p-values: In my [Frank’s] opinion, null hypothesis testing and p-values have done significant harm to science. The purpose of this note is to catalog the many problems caused by p-values. As readers post new problems in their comments, more will be incorporated into the list, so this is a work in […] The post Long Shot appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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STEM, STEM-Ed, STEAM and Statistics

January 22, 2017
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STEM, STEM-Ed, STEAM and Statistics

STEM is a popular acronym in educational circles and is used to refer to careers and educational tasks. Though most know that the four letters stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it can be difficult to pin down what exactly … Continue reading →

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The Class-size debate – it matters to teachers

January 16, 2017
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The Class-size debate – it matters to teachers

Class size matters to teachers Class size is a perennial question in education. What is the ideal size for a school class? Teachers would like smaller classes, to improve learning. There is evidence of a small positive effect size due … Continue reading →

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Why people hate statistics

January 10, 2017
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Why people hate statistics

This summer/Christmas break it has been my pleasure to help a young woman who is struggling with statistics, and it has prompted me to ask people who teach postgraduate statistical methods – WTF are you doing? Louise (name changed) is a … Continue reading →

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We fiddle while Rome burns: p-value edition

January 7, 2017
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We fiddle while Rome burns:  p-value edition

Raghu Parthasarathy presents a wonderfully clear example of disastrous p-value-based reasoning that he saw in a conference presentation. Here’s Raghu: Consider, for example, some tumorous cells that we can treat with drugs 1 and 2, either alone or in combination. We can make measurements of growth under our various drug treatment conditions. Suppose our measurements […] The post We fiddle while Rome burns: p-value edition appeared first on Statistical Modeling,…

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Two unrelated topics in one post: (1) Teaching useful algebra classes, and (2) doing more careful psychological measurements

December 30, 2016
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Kevin Lewis and Paul Alper send me so much material, I think they need their own blogs. In the meantime, I keep posting the stuff they send me, as part of my desperate effort to empty my inbox. 1. From Lewis: “Should Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Mathematics Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead? A Randomized […] The post Two unrelated topics in one post: (1) Teaching useful algebra classes, and…

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Hark, hark! the p-value at heaven’s gate sings

December 16, 2016
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Hark, hark! the p-value at heaven’s gate sings

Three different people pointed me to this post, in which food researcher and business school professor Brian Wansink advises Ph.D. students to “never say no”: When a research idea comes up, check it out, put some time into it and you might get some success. I like that advice and I agree with it. Or, […] The post Hark, hark! the p-value at heaven’s gate sings appeared first on Statistical…

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